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    Jack O`connell(Author) Vernon Loeb(Author)

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Jack O'Connell possessed an uncanny ability to be at the center of things. On his arrival in Jordan in 1958, he unraveled a coup aimed at the young King Hussein, who would become America's most reliable Middle East ally. Over time, their bond of trust and friendship deepened. His narrative contains secrets that will revise our understanding of the Middle East. In 1967, O'Connell tipped off Hussein that Israel would invade Egypt the next morning. Later, as Hussein's Washington counselor, O'Connell learned of Henry Kissinger's surprising role in the Yom Kippur War. The book's leitmotif is betrayal. Hussein, the Middle East's only bona fide peacemaker, wanted simply the return of the West Bank, seized in the Six-Day War. Despite American promises, the clear directive of UN Resolution 242, and the years of secret negotiations with Israel, that never happened. Hussein's dying wish was that O'Connell tell the unknown story in this book.

Jack O'Connell (1921-2010) served as CIA station chief in Amman, Jordan, from 1963 to 1971 and was King Hussein's most trusted American adviser. He then became the king's attorney and diplomatic counselor in Washington for three decades.

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  • By Stephen Dorril on 3 November 2012

    This is a great book. If you really want to know about US policy in the Middle East and why it is, and has been, such a stupid mess and why there is no peace then read this insider account by one of the leading players - King Hussein's trusted advisor and former CIA officer. Betrayal follows betrayal by US administrations, with O'Connell becoming more and more disillusioned as the years roll by with the Amercians becoming increasingly untrustworthy. Sad, depressing but very illuminating.


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